Regulations of “Made in Mozambique” campaign approved by the government

22 November 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Nov – The Mozambican Ministry of Industry and Trade has approved the regulations for access to the “Made in Mozambique” logo, which has only been attributed to three companies so far, officials said.

The “produce Mozambican, consume Mozambican and export Mozambican,” was launched in January in order to help Mozambican industry, but not all companies will be allowed to be part of the campaign and use its logo.

Speaking in Maputo at the opening of “Quality Week,” Minister António Fernando said that candidate companies had to be well-managed, have a quality product and an appropriate price.

The regulations also require that companies’ salary payments are up to date, that they have no tax debts and that their social security contributions are up to date.

As well as this, the quality of the products of candidate companies will have to be certified by the National Institute of Standards and Quality.

Currently, only Companhis Industrial da Matola, airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique and song and dance troupe, Companhia Nacional de Canto e Dança (CNCD) have been allowed to use the campaign logo.

In August, however, CNCD workers went on strike due to delays in salary payments, although this situation was later resolved.

The Minister, when questioned about the strike, said that if a certified company failed to keep up with some of the requirements it could lose its right to use the logo.

According to Fernando, the “Made in Mozambique” campaign aims to promote quality of products and competitive prices and to help the country’s companies to compete on an equal footing with their counterparts in other countries. (macauhub)